Mesquite bean beer

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corkybstewart
Mesquite bean beer

I gathered about 10 pounds of mesquite beans today for a mesquite pale ale and possibly a mesquite rye beer. I've never used mesquite beans before but since they are the predominant vegetation in my neighborhood why not give it a try.
Picking the beans can be bloody and scary work. The trees are unmercifully vicious, there's no way to gather the pods without getting gouged, scratched and torn. the thorns are famous out here for causing flat tires. Then there's the worry about finding rattlesnakes resting in the shade of the trees, but luckily today I didn't see any.
As per the recipe I found in an old BYO article I attempted to toast the pods. Bad mistake, they have an overpowering smell(like cinnamon almost) and my wife had to flee the house in the middle of dinner. Hopefully the smell will go away soon, it is kind of nasty, but the pod I tasted was very good. Next week I'll brew at least one batch, something lightly hopped and low gravity.
If anybody has ever brewed with mesquite beans please help prevent me from doing something else stupid.

drew
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Can you grab good pics of the

Can you grab good pics of the mesquite beans?

corkybstewart
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Here's the start of my pics. I'll try to take pictures as I go. My plan is to mash the beans on Saturday, make a syrup and brew my first beer on Sunday

corkybstewart
So here's how it went down.

So here's how it went down. I crushed the mesquite beans, but I think I could have done a better job. I broke the beans into 1-2 inch pieces, next time I'll find a way to crush them much finer without as much work. I steeped 5 pounds of beans in 3.5 gallons of water at 148-155F for about 7 hours ending up with 3 gallons of 1.020 OG wort. I boiled this for 2 hours to get 1/2 gallon of 1.110 syrup. This is an odd tasting syrup, but I think it'll go well in a wee heavy or robust porter. he syrup is in the freezer, I wont get to brew until next weekend. I'll post pics tomorrow.

baywindowbrewer
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This seemed like a very

This seemed like a very interesting experiment. Any updates?

Jack
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